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Hospital officials waiting on answer from city about additional funding

KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) - The Lee County Board of Supervisors has rejected Keokuk Area Hospital's request for more money to fund the struggling facility and now officials are waiting to see if the city will lend them a hand.

Hospital turnaround consultant Duane Fitch says the hospital asked both the city and county for $100,000 each to help with Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.

Fitch hopes the city doesn't follow the county's lead or the hospital would suffer.

"It's not only the primary access point for healthcare in the community, but it also is a very vital component of the overall local economy and the estimate of its impact is about $20 million a year," Fitch said.

Fitch is going to make his case to the board supervisors again in a couple weeks.

Supervisor Matt Pflug says the board will most likely reconsider the issue.

Keokuk City Council will vote on the issue next week.

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